Applying to NC Colleges? Take an Inside Look at 16 UNC Schools

College admissions information for all 16 UNC institutions.


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The college search and application process can seem daunting for most families. Given the abundance of online college-related data, it's never been easier to find information on your prospective schools; yet it has also become increasingly difficult to discern useful from misleading information. This can leave families and students frustrated with their college search.

To bring greater clarity to this process, College Transitions has compiled data from several reliable sources to create institutional profiles for North Carolina's colleges and universities. In sum, these profiles provide North Carolina students and their families with an objective, inside look into the 16 four-year schools within the UNC system. Profiles detail everything from student-to-faculty ratios to acceptance rates and the percentage of students who successfully graduate in four years. For additional college admissions-related data and information, please visit www.collegetransitions.com. If you are also interested in private schools, browse this Inside Look at 21 NC Private Colleges.

Data sources include the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), institutional websites, COLLEGEdata, and the College Board. Each four-year UNC member institution is listed below and schools are presented in alphabetical order:

Jump to the school you're interested in: Appalachian State University; East Carolina University; Elizabeth City State University; Fayetteville State UniversityNorth Carolina A&T UniversityNorth Carolina Central UniversityNorth Carolina State UniversityUNC-Asheville; UNC-Chapel Hill; UNC-Charlotte; UNC-GreensboroUNC-Pembroke; UNC School of the Arts; UNC-WilmingtonWestern Carolina University; Winston-Salem State University

 

Appalachian State University

Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 16,255
  • Freshman class size: 3,030
  • 4-year graduation rate: 44 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 66 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 70 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 88 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: Nov. 15
  • Regular Decision deadline: March 15
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 13,506
  • Acceptance rate: 63 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 4.06
  • SAT Math average: 579
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 576
  • ACT Composite average: 26
  • Class rank top tenth (Percentage of students attending the college who were in the top 10 percent of their high school class): 21 percent
  • Class rank top quarter (Percentage of students attending the college who were in the top 25 percent of their high school class): 61 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank

 

East Carolina University

Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 22,252
  • Freshman class size: 4,180
  • 4-year graduation rate: 33 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 54 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 59 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 81 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC, ECU website
  • Priority Decision deadline: N/A
  • Regular Decision deadline: March 15
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 14,223
  • Acceptance rate: 77 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.67
  • SAT Math average: 528
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 514
  • ACT Composite average: 22
  • Class rank top tenth: 13 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 40 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank

 

Elizabeth City State University

Type of school: Medium-sized liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s
Special designation: Historically Black College and University (HBCU)

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 1,805
  • Freshman class size: 204
  • 4-year graduation rate: 15 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 32 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 39 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 68 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: May 1
  • Regular Decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 1,504
  • Acceptance rate: 49 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): N/A
  • SAT Math average: 435
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 428
  • ACT Composite average: 18
  • Class rank top tenth: 2 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 5 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Level of applicant’s interest

 

Fayetteville State University

Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral
Special designation: Historically Black College and University (HBCU)

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 5,247
  • Freshman class size: 468
  • 4-year graduation rate: 17 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 30 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 35 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 74 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: N/A
  • Regular Decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Minimal
  • Total applicants: 4,110
  • Acceptance rate: 50 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.25
  • SAT Math average: 448
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 442
  • ACT Composite average: 19
  • Class rank top tenth: 9 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 26 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests

 

North Carolina A&T State University

Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral
Special designation: Historically Black College and University (HBCU)

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 9,203
  • Freshman class size: 1,707
  • 4-year grad rate: 21 percent
  • 5-year grad rate: 40 percent
  • 6-year grad rate: 48 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 79 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: N/A
  • Regular Decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 7,075
  • Acceptance rate: 57 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 2.48
  • SAT Math average: 462
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 441
  • ACT Composite average: 18
  • Class rank top tenth: 11 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 34 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Geographic residence

 

North Carolina Central University

Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral
Special designation: Historically Black College and University (HBCU)

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 5,917
  • Freshman class size: 923
  • 4-year graduation rate: 22 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 43 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 47 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 77 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: Oct. 15, Nov. 15, Jan. 15
  • Regular Decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Minimal
  • Total applicants: 11,246
  • Acceptance rate: 43 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.2
  • SAT Math average: 447
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 440
  • ACT Composite average: 18
  • Class rank top tenth: 6 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 24 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized Tests
  • Class Rank

 

North Carolina State University

Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 24,473
  • Freshman class size: 4,493
  • 4-year graduation rate: 44 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 71 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 76 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 93 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): Common Application
  • Priority Decision deadline: N/A
  • Regular Decision deadline: Jan. 15
  • Early Action deadline: Oct. 15
  • Entrance difficulty: Very
  • Total applicants: 20,443
  • Acceptance rate: 52 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.63
  • SAT Math average: 641
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 607
  • ACT Composite average: 28
  • Class rank top tenth: 52 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 86 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank

 

UNC-Asheville

Type of school: Medium-sized university and liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 3,804
  • Freshman class size: 628
  • 4-year graduation rate: 38 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 61 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 64 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 77 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC, Common Application
  • Priority Decision deadline: Nov. 15
  • Regular Decision deadline: Feb. 15
  • Early Action deadline: Nov. 15
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 3,090
  • Acceptance rate: 73 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.4
  • SAT Math average: 587
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 610
  • ACT Composite average: 24
  • Class rank top tenth: 21 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 54 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations
  • Essay

 

UNC-Chapel Hill

Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 18,350
  • Freshman class size: 3,976
  • 4-year graduation rate: 80 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 89 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 90 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 97 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): Common Application, The Coalition Applicationbeginning fall 2016
  • Priority Decision deadline: Oct. 15
  • Regular Decision deadline: Jan. 15
  • Early Action deadline: Oct. 15
  • Entrance difficulty: Very
  • Total applicants: 31,332
  • Acceptance rate: 28 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 4.59
  • SAT Math average: 662
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 646
  • ACT Composite average: 29
  • Class rank top tenth: 78 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 96 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer work
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities
  • Work experience

 

UNC-Charlotte

Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 22,216
  • Freshman class size: 3,299
  • 4-year graduation rate: 25 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 49 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 55 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 82 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 19:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: Nov. 1
  • Regular Decision deadline: Feb. 1
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 15,610
  • Acceptance rate: 64 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.86
  • SAT Math average: 558
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 537
  • ACT Composite average: 23
  • Class rank top tenth: 23 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 56 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests

 

UNC-Greensboro

Type of school: Large university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 15,313
  • Freshman class size: 2,572
  • 4-year graduation rate: 31 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 50 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 56 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 78 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: Dec. 1
  • Regular Decision deadline: March 1
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 10,040
  • Acceptance rate: 61 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.66
  • SAT Math average: 511
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 514
  • ACT Composite average: 22
  • Class rank top tenth: 16 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 43 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests

 

UNC-Pembroke

Type of school: Medium-sized university and liberal arts college
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 5,511
  • Freshman class size: 1,050
  • 4-year graduation rate: 15 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 30 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 34 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 68 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: N/A
  • Regular Decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 4,035
  • Acceptance rate: 73 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.38
  • SAT Math average: 465
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 460
  • ACT Composite average: 19
  • Class rank top tenth: 1 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 5 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests

 

UNC School of the Arts

Type of school: Small college of art and performing arts
Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s
Special designation: Arts conservatory

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 854
  • Freshman class size: 219
  • 4-year graduation rate: 59 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 60 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 61 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 89 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC. Special note: All applicants must audition or interview with arts faculty. Audition and interview dates are listed on the admissions page of each arts school. Be sure to check the application priority dates.
  • Priority Decision deadline: Varies by program
  • Regular Decision deadline: Varies by program
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: N/A
  • Total applicants: 868
  • Acceptance rate: 43 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.7
  • SAT Math average: 543
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 569
  • ACT Composite average: 24
  • Class rank top tenth: 12 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 46 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations
  • Interview
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities

 

UNC-Wilmington

Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 12,964
  • Freshman class size: 2,156
  • 4-year graduation rate: 49 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 68 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 71 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 84 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC, Common Application
  • Priority Decision deadline: Nov. 1
  • Regular Decision deadline: Feb. 1
  • Early Action deadline: Nov. 1
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 11,523
  • Acceptance rate: 59 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 4.1
  • SAT Math average: 601
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 590
  • ACT Composite average: 25
  • Class rank top tenth: 27 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 69 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations
  • Essay

 

Western Carolina University

Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 8,787
  • Freshman class size: 1,745
  • 4-year graduation rate: 40 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 55 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 58 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 78 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: Nov. 15
  • Regular Decision deadline: March 1
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Moderate
  • Total applicants: 15,398
  • Acceptance rate: 43 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.75
  • SAT Math average: 525
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 518
  • ACT Composite average: 22
  • Class rank top tenth: 13 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 39 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank
  • Recommendations
  • Essay
  • Level of applicant’s interest
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Particular talent/ability
  • Character/personal qualities
  • Work experience

 

Winston-Salem State University

Type of school: Medium-sized university
Degrees available: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral
Special designation: Historically Black College and University (HBCU)

Quick Facts

  • Total undergraduates: 4,793
  • Freshman class size: 844
  • 4-year graduation rate: 17 percent
  • 5-year graduation rate: 38 percent
  • 6-year graduation rate: 46 percent
  • Freshman retention rate: 79 percent
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1

Applying

  • Application platform(s): CFNC
  • Priority Decision deadline: N/A
  • Regular Decision deadline: Rolling
  • Early Action deadline: N/A
  • Entrance difficulty: Minimal
  • Total applicants: 4,433
  • Acceptance rate: 60 percent
  • GPA average of enrolled freshmen (4.0 scale): 3.01
  • SAT Math average: 449
  • SAT Critical Reading average: 440
  • ACT Composite average: 17
  • Class rank top tenth: 5 percent
  • Class rank top quarter: 25 percent

Important Factors in the Admissions Process

  • Rigor of student’s high school record
  • Academic GPA
  • Standardized tests
  • Class rank

 


How Is Entrance Difficulty Figured?

Entrance difficulty is a measure of the academic qualifications of recently enrolled freshmen and the proportion of applicants who are admitted. The greater the entrance difficulty, the higher the class rank and test scores of enrolled freshmen and the lower the percentage of applicants admitted. At public institutions, the entrance difficulty used applies to residents. At many public institutions, particularly the more selective ones, entrance is more difficult for nonresidents than for residents. Each college reports its entrance difficulty, choosing the category that best matches from the following:
 
Most Difficult More than 75 percent of freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT; about 30 percent or fewer of all applicants accepted.
Very Difficult More than 50 percent of freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT or over 26 on the ACT; about 60 percent or fewer of all applicants accepted.
Moderately Difficult More than 75 percent of freshmen were in the top 50 percent of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT; about 85 percent or fewer of all applicants accepted.
Minimally Difficult Most freshmen were not in the top 50 percent of their high school class and scored somewhat below 1010 on the SAT or below 19 on the ACT; up to 95 of all applicants accepted.
Noncompetitive Virtually all applicants accepted regardless of high school rank or test scores.
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November 2017

Step back in time with a 19th-century costumed interpreter and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Registration encouraged online. Tickets available at the...

Cost: $5/adult, $3 ages 7-16. Free for ages 6 and younger

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Celebrate the wonderful world of exotic animals and reptiles. Enjoy live specimens, presentations, raffles, vendors and much more. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: $12 ages 13 and older, $5 ages 5-12.

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds, Kerr Scott Building
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Join Mindful Families of Durham, a Buddhist-inspired spiritual community that supports area parents, caregivers, and their children in the practice of mindfulness and the understanding of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Mindful Families of Durham
Contact Name: Adam, Laura, Josh, Sumi
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Kicks off the holiday season with local art, music, food, and family activities at various locations in Durham’s historic downtown district. Presented by the Durham Arts Council with support...

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Where:
Downtown Durham
120 Morris St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2719
Contact Name: Susan Tierney
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Participants develop their naturalist skills and understanding of local nature. Ages 5-8 with parent. Register online.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Celebrate the natural world and where favorite Thanksgiving foods come from. Make a craft. All ages with adult. Register online.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Search the preserve for hidden holiday-themed clues and learn about native wild turkeys. Make a turkey decoration. Ages 5 and older with parent. Register online. Choose course code...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve
2900 Horse Shoe Farm Rd.
Wake Forest, NC
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Search for salamanders, owls and more. Ages 10-13. Register online.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Park West Village hosts Winter Wonderland in the District. This year’s event will take place the weekend of November 17th. Take the family to enjoy train rides, magical winter lights, live...

Cost: Free; $5 donation for sledding

Where:
Park West Village
3400 Village Market Place
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Telephone: 919-234-6710
Contact Name: Conner Dixon
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See ponies, hunters and jumpers compete in an event that benefits Duke Children's Hospital. Visit the website for hours and fees.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Gov. James B. Hunt Horse Complex
4601 Trinity Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Children ages 18 months-4 years and their parents enjoy free creative movement and music classes. The creative movement class focuses on the development of gross motor skills and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Raphael Preschool
5801 Falls of Neuse Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: St. Raphael Preschool
Telephone: 919-865-5725
Contact Name: Sarah Rapp
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Make crafts celebrating turkeys. All ages with adult. Meet at the Cardinal Shelter. Registration not required. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Children ages 18 months-4 years and their parents enjoy free creative movement and music classes. The creative movement class focuses on the development of gross motor skills and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Raphael Preschool
5801 Falls of Neuse Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: St. Raphael Preschool
Telephone: 919-865-5725
Contact Name: Sarah Rapp
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Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Learn what it was like to be a kid at the first Thanksgiving. Play games and make a food collage. Choose either the 10:30-noon and 2-3:30 p.m. session. Ages 7 and older. Register online.

Cost: $6/child

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, AL
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Toddler Time is a special time for ages 5 and younger to bounce under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
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Children ages 18 months-4 years and their parents enjoy free creative movement and music classes. The creative movement class focuses on the development of gross motor skills and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Raphael Preschool
5801 Falls of Neuse Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: St. Raphael Preschool
Telephone: 919-865-5725
Contact Name: Sarah Rapp
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Explore the woods and shoreline for signs of nature and collect treasures to make a craft. Take a full water bottle, snack and a bag lunch. Ages 6-11. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Advance...

Cost: $16/child

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Jackie Trickel
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Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Listen for the sound of silver bells and climb aboard in your pajamas for a first-class journey on the Polar Express. Come early to meet Santa and enjoy kid-friendly activities and a traditional...

Cost: $14-$29

Where:
Meymandi Concert Hall
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Athletes improve their flexibility, balance, joint mobility, as well as body and breath awareness. Special attention will be paid to core strength and posture and its importance in performance and...

Cost: Call for fees

Where:
Little Guru Kids Yoga and Creative Arts
215 Glenwood Avenue, Suite A
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Little Guru Kids Yoga
Telephone: 919-345-5873
Contact Name: Jen Bluestone
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Children ages 18 months-4 years and their parents enjoy free creative movement and music classes. The creative movement class focuses on the development of gross motor skills and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Raphael Preschool
5801 Falls of Neuse Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: St. Raphael Preschool
Telephone: 919-865-5725
Contact Name: Sarah Rapp
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Celebrate what you're thankful for. Play a game and make a pine cone turkey craft. All ages with adult. Drop-in program. Registration not required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Shop more than 20 local vendors offering amazing gifts this holiday season. Enjoy daily raffles with proceeds benefiting local animal rescue Paws in the City. Kids can enjoy crafts...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cary Crossroads
333 Crossroads Blvd
Cary, NC  27518
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Children ages 18 months-4 years and their parents enjoy free creative movement and music classes. The creative movement class focuses on the development of gross motor skills and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Raphael Preschool
5801 Falls of Neuse Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: St. Raphael Preschool
Telephone: 919-865-5725
Contact Name: Sarah Rapp
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A wonderfully kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified & participatory music show. Children delight in...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Pump It Up Raleigh
10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
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Read the story by Karma Wilson and make a Thanksgiving-themed craft. All ages. Registration not required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, AL
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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See a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovky's timeless music. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $35-$55

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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See the classic holiday story brought to life onstage featuring favorite characters Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and...

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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See the classic holiday story brought to life onstage featuring favorite characters Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and...

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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See a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovky's timeless music. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $35-$55

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Catch this comedy classic on the big screen—as the symphony plays the charming and delightful score by John Williams live. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $14-$29

Where:
Meymandi Concert Hall
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Fit & Able Productions presents the Turkey Chase trail festival at Umstead Park. Take part in a 5K, 10K or 20K. After the race, enjoy fruit, brownies and other...

Cost: $25-$45

Where:
Umstead Park
8801 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Fit and Able Productions
Telephone: 919-673-4689
Contact Name: Travis
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Celebrate what you're thankful for. Play a game and make a pine cone turkey craft. All ages with adult. Drop-in program. Registration not required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

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Toddler Time is a special time for ages 5 and younger to bounce under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
View map »


Website »

More information

Shop more than 20 local vendors offering amazing gifts this holiday season. Enjoy daily raffles with proceeds benefiting local animal rescue Paws in the City. Kids can enjoy crafts...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cary Crossroads
333 Crossroads Blvd
Cary, NC  27518
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The Raleigh Boychoir makes an appearance before its big Christmas concert.

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

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See the classic holiday story brought to life onstage featuring favorite characters Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and...

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Take a 30-minute tour to view the main power drive and milling machinery. Tickets available inside the park's visitor center. Online registration encouraged.

Cost: $5/adult, $3 ages 7-16. Free for ages 6 and younger

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Explore the historic nature of Leigh Farm Park with a friendly guide. Venture inside the historic farmhouse while being captivated by tales about life at Leigh Farm throughout the years.

Cost: Free

Where:
Leigh Farm Park
370 Leigh Farm Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Durham Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 919-560-1116
Contact Name: Natalya Buckel
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See the classic holiday story brought to life onstage featuring favorite characters Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and...

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

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Catch this comedy classic on the big screen—as the symphony plays the charming and delightful score by John Williams live. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $14-$29

Where:
Meymandi Concert Hall
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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